A lot has happened since our last bulletin. As seems usual with charities, there have been some ups and some downs!

The refurbishment work at our shop has been completed and we were pleased to welcome once again, film director and Bath resident, Ken Loach to our official re-launch. As usual Ken, who has now supported us several times, didn't disappoint and the event was a great success.

Our Shop Manager, Mark Thompson and his team have done a fantastic job and our very stylish shop is receiving some very positive feedback.

There have been some changes of personnel on our Board of Trustees over the last few months. David Salisbury, who has been with us since the very start and Kay Ross have stepped down, all of us involved in The Woodworks Project would like to offer them both our sincerest thanks for all their hard work during their time with us.

We have however welcomed three new trustees to the board. Laura McMurtrie, Sami Cheung and Justin Wride have joined our team and and the vast and varied experience they bring to our organisation is already having a very positive impact, so welcome and thank you Laura, Sami and Justin.

We also have a new member of staff to welcome aboard. Carla McConnell has just been appointed as our new Upholstery Tutor and will be starting soon. We are sure Carla will be a fantastic addition to our charity and look forward to working with her.

Carla's appointment has been something of a relief as following the resignation of our previous tutor due to other commitments, our upholstery project and public upholstery courses have been on hold for sometime, so her appointment allows us to get on with what we d best; helping disadvantaged people in our area improve their lives!

We are hopeful that we are also close to appointing a new Furniture Tutor, this will also be a massive step forward as it will allow us to open the project five days per week and significantly increase the number of people we can help.

As we said at the beginning however, there have been some downs. The plans we announced for our new home on the other side of the river have run into difficulties, meaning we have some serious issues to address and there will now be a significant delay. We are secure in our current home for the next couple of years though, so our projects should not be affected.

All our achievements since August 2014 when we first received our charity registration, have come through the hard work of our staff, trustees, and deserving particular mention, our volunteers. None of this would have been possible however, without the help of our many supporters who have provided the vital funding we need each year.  We would like to say a huge thank you to every single one of you, no matter how large or how small your donation!